If you’re tired of looking at fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging, then you might be wondering what options are out there to help give you that youthful appearance once again. At the same time, you may be wanting to avoid surgery which can be more serious with a longer recovery..
Fortunately, there are plenty of non-surgical rejuvenation options available these days, including Botox, Pellevé®, and Restylane.
Botox® is a drug that’s injected directly into the skin as a means of temporarily paralyzing muscles, which has the effect of reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Most commonly, Botox® injections are used to achieve a more youthful appearance in the face.
Getting Botox® injections takes just a few minutes in most cases, and effects can be seen as early as 48 hours but evolve over 5-7 days, depending on the patient. The effects typically last 3-4 months, so patients will need to be retreated.
Overall, Botox® can be a great option for those who want an effective, quick method of reducing the appearance of fine facial lines and dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles associated with movement) without having to go under the knife. Still, as with any injection, there are some possible side effects, so it’s best to meet with your physician first to discuss the risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment.
The Pellevé® treatment is another method of non-surgical skin rejuvenation that’s recently gained popularity among those looking to take years off their appearances. This particular treatment option is great for those who have a fear of injections because it doesn’t involve any kind of injection or surgery.
Specifically, a Pellevé® treatment involves the application of a gel to the treatment area (usually the face and/or neck). A highly trained and experienced clinician will spread the gel around the area, during which time the patient will feel a warming sensation in the skin. As such, this treatment is completely painless, and some patients even claim that it feels like getting a warm facial massage.
Plus, a Pellevé® treatment typically takes just 30-60 minutes to complete, making it a painless and quick way to smooth out wrinkles in skin.
Restylane® and other facial fillers
Restylane® is a treatment that’s proven to help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. It is injected beneath the skin and can also be used to add fullness to certain areas of the face, such as the lips and the smile lines (nasolabial folds) More recently, it has been used to fill the hollows underneath the eyes (tear trough) and even camouflage bags of the lower eyelids.
Typically a Restylane® injection can last for about 6-12 months depending on the movement of the area and each individual’s metabolism. After that time, treatments may be repeated as needed. Results will vary from patient to patient.
As you can see, there are plenty of non-surgical options out there for giving your skin that young, smooth and vibrant appearance once again. Before you make a decision, however, just be sure to consult with a board-certified specialist who has extensive experience in facial aesthetics. This way, you can determine which options will be best for you based on your needs and find the safest most effective treatments for you.